Statement from Chancellor King and SUNY Board of Trustees on Pride Month

June 30, 2024

"Since its founding in 1948, SUNY has worked to create an inclusive and welcoming environment—one that fosters a sense of belonging for students, faculty, staff, and everyone we serve across our great state. As we reflect on Pride Month and join in celebrating the NYC Pride March, and in the face of continuing threats to LGBTQIA+ rights, we reaffirm this commitment.

"SUNY System and its colleges and universities provide a safe place for freedom of expression and association. We have established policy regarding the use of a chosen name and pronouns, and we ensure our 64 campuses are living up to our principles. We will always take meaningful action to cultivate inclusive, safe, and supportive campus communities for all. We proudly celebrate Pride."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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